Being a book lover doesn't mean keeping every book you've ever purchased. I found the following in The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, a book I read on my recent vacation.
As a bookseller and a rep, I've had many more thousands of books in my possession than my shelves at home would indicate. At one time, I tried to keep them all, but that quest soon became impossible; I now only keep the ones I'm sure I'm going to reread, the ones I'm definitely going to read before I die, and the ones I can't bear to part with because of an aesthetic or emotional attachment. If my wife and I hadn't gone short-shelf, keeping only those books we're certain we will reread, there'd be no room for my daughter, to say nothing of her books. ...
For me, one of the great things about selling my books is that I know the ones I've sold can now begin an entire new existence. No longer relegated to my shelf or worse, a box in the garage, these books can go to a new home, possibly staying forever, possibly being traded in once again. ...
Used bookstores represent recycling at its best.
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